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That Sinking Feeling (1979)

 -  Comedy  -  October 1980 (UK)
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Ronnie, Wal, Andy and Vic are four bored, unemployed teens in dreary, rainy Glasgow. Ronnie comes up with a great idea. He has noticed that stainless steel sinks are worth a lot of money ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Mannion ...
The Doctor
Eddie Burt ...
Eddie the Driver
Richard Demarco ...
Alex Mackenzie ...
The Tramp
Margaret Adams ...
Gang Girl
Kim Masterton ...
Gang Girl
Danny Benson ...
Robert Buchanan ...
Drew Burns ...
Gerry Clark ...
The Watchman
Anne Graham ...
Computer Nurse
Billy Greenlees ...
John Hughes ...
Eric Joseph ...
The Wee Man
Allan Love ...


Ronnie, Wal, Andy and Vic are four bored, unemployed teens in dreary, rainy Glasgow. Ronnie comes up with a great idea. He has noticed that stainless steel sinks are worth a lot of money and comes up with a complicated scheme: to steal sinks from a warehouse dressed as girls and using a stop-motion potion. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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The cost for dubbing the US release was more than the original film production costs. See more »


Ronnie: I tried to kill myself today. Just after you left, Wal. I took a mouthful of corn flakes and milk and held my mouth shut.
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The action of this film takes place in a fictious town called Glasgow. Any resemblance to any real town called Glasgow is purely coincidental. See more »


Featured in Dream Me Up Scotty! (2013) See more »


Played by Alan Darby
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Probably best viewed by Scots of a "certain" age!
15 April 2006 | by (Falkirk, Scotland) – See all my reviews

WARNING: My comments should be regarded as - a sad old sod's musings on a movie remembered fondly from his youth! I'm not going to dissect the movie scene by scene. I won't compare Forsyth's earlier works with his best known or "finest" moments. I'm not even going to discuss any particular aspect of the film! Not the setting, the story, the dialogue, not even the individual performances! I'm simply going to say that I remember watching this movie (with my family) on TV back in the early eighties and laughing so hard it actually hurt! I have no idea if it has aged well or not because I haven't seen it in over 20 years but I will say this in it's favour/defence, "That Sinking Feeling" gave Glasgow a voice and a character that's rarely been heard before nor since! Don't get me wrong, I'm not a Glaswegian so I have no personal axe to grind in that respect, I just feel that the human face of Glasgow (or Scotland for that matter) hasn't been depicted quite so sympathetically as in this movie. It seems to me that, when contemporary filmmakers try to present an "honest" depiction of the Glaswegian he tends to go for the "gritty realism" of the drunk or the druggie or the wife beating hard-man! That Sinking Feeling took a different tack and demonstrated the dry Scottish humour we all recognise (even more-so, we natives of Scotland) and perhaps that's why we seem to remember it so fondly. Anyway, if you can find a copy, watch it! Just don't expect any cool CG effects or Seinfeldesque banter, just good clean working class urban banality and the comedic observations you'd expect from a good clean working class director feeling his way!

Incidentally, sometime back in 1992/3 I met the redheaded actor (shamefully I can't recall his name right now) from "That Sinking Feeling" working in Stirling castle, conducting tours and the like! Not only does he star in one of my favourite productions, he is also an all round, really nice guy!


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